chhavi sachdev (page 28)
I’ve been thinking that since IPL and F1 fever are in the air, it would be great to find and review some podcasts about these so you can get analyses and such on your own time, in your car or when you’re running errands rather than stuck in front of a TV.
It turns out, probably because podcasting is so nascent in India, that there aren’t many cricket podcasts out there at all. Cricinfo.com hosts a podcast and the BBC does. Jiyocricket.yahoo.com has Sunil Gavaskar doing them intermittently. But maybe if you prod them, there will be more. (Or stick around and soon you can learn how to make your own podcast.)
If you’re into test cricket, then your best destination is The Test Cricket Podcast.
Not the sporting type? Well, how about stand-up comedy? (Some people would put astrology in this category, but I’ll save that for another column.)
If you have any favorite comics, chances are their shows are already being podcast. Ricky Gervais is podcasting, the folks at Comedy Central are podcasting, even Raju Srivastav is doing it. (You can’t find Raju on iTunes, but you can access his jokes on www.big927fm.com) So just pop a name into the search area and you can find the New Yorker’s: Out Loud; the Dennis Miller Show, the Ellen Degeneres Show (video), and my most favourite cross-dressing British comedian ever: Eddie Izzard.
Remember you can find these podcasts in several different ways: by searching topic, title or author in iTunes or aggregators like podcastalley.com or odeo.com — or simply by searching through an engine like Google.
Then you click on the download or subscribe button or paste the podcast feed URL into your receiver, such as Juice or iTunes. Once it downloads to your computer, you can listen at your desk or transfer the audio file to your portable device — whether it’s your phone or your mp3 player.
Tip: If there’s no url with the title, just pop the keywords into the search or description field of the directory.
Next week, we’ll round up Formula 1 podcasts. Meanwhile, if you have podcasts you love and would like to share, please write in.
Feel free to send topic suggestions for podcast recommendations or any questions to chhavi@ sonologue.com.
Happy listening! And do try this at home.
Chhavi Sachdev is a multimedia journalist who runs Sonologue — an audio production house
p.s HOW TO LISTEN TO A PODCAST
To get your programme, find it in a directory and then download it using what’s called an aggregator — a site or program that pulls the shows into a common place. One program that does both these things is iTunes — it’s a directory as well as an aggregator. If you don’t have iTunes, you can use Juice, Podomatic, Podcast Alley, Odeo, and a plethora of others. I recommend iTunes or Juice for ease of use.
Once you’re in a podcast directory, simply type a keyword in the search field and then click on the “subscribe” field next to the one you want to listen to. It will show up and update itself in your podcast aggregator. Then you can either listen right there, or you can sync up your mp3 device — your Zune/ iPod/ Creative or even your phone. Download it as an mp3 file and you’re good to go.
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